Italian Parochialism, for a change
September 20, 2012 5:46 AM Subscribe
posted by Marauding Ennui (20 comments total)
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, also known as Batman, is the (ex) leader and treasurer of Berlusconi's party - Il Popolo della Libertà
(PdL) in the Lazio regional council. He is being accused of channeling 800k of the party's funds into 12 of his bank accounts and making extravagant expenditures for his own benefit. Reports say that in court he is more annoyed than afraid
: "Yes, I went to two beautiful resorts of the Costa Smeralda with PdL money. The regional election campaign left me exhausted and depressed. I needed a big vacation". Fiorito is now lashing out
at other PdL councillors
: "There are eight thieves. I didn't steal, I distributed the money."
Fiorito's mother defends him
: "Franco has never smoked a cigarette, never went to the disco in his life, is a decent man, very intelligent, he studies a lot, he was promoted to eighth grade with honours, at three years old he was already reading Mickey Mouse comic books."
wants the offense reclassified: "Personally I object to the classification of the offense. The embezzlement, for me, has no reason to exist because 'groups and parties are private entities". In 1967, the Financial Times was saying "According to the law, the parties are free associations. They have no obligation of any kind with regard to the organization, the appointment of officials, the source of funds. The financial statements are not published, nor members can see them. These parties are like tumors whose roots continue to spread. " The Italian parliament has rejected a proposa
l to have party accounts certified by external auditors this week.